As tributes pour in following the death of Jakoyo Midiwo, Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) Party Director of Communications Philip Etale has revealed how the former MP suffered humiliation at the hands of the President’s security team.
This, Etale says, happened on May 30 during the commissioning of the Yala-Bondo Supply Plant in Gem, Siaya County, presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga.
“When he arrived, Hon. Jakoyo Midiwo who was in the President’s motorcade alighted from his vehicle and walked towards the plant. The President’s security detail at main gate to the plant deliberately stopped Hon. Jakoyo Midiwo,” Etale says that they “pushed and shoved him as he pleaded with them, and In fact explaining to them that he is the immediate former MP for the constituency.”
Etale further claims that: “Midiwo was manhandled as I watched. I even confronted one officer and asked why they were harassing him, the man responded “nimesema haingii hapa”. I asked him again, “this is Hon. Midiwo, you mean you don’t know him?”, at this point, he looked at me and pushed him [Midiwo] away as if saying “MUNANIUDHI”.”
Embakasi MP Babu Owino ‘saves’ Midiwo
According to Etale, it took the intervention of Embakasi East MP Babu Owino to have Midiwo access the plant. “A few minutes later when Hon. Midiwo was about to lose the battle (uncharacteristic of him), Embakasi East MP Hon. Babu Owino arrived.”
“In his usual character, Babu insisted that Hon. Midiwo enters first then he follows. It was at this juncture that he was allowed in, perhaps on fear that Hon. Babu Owino would cause trouble and put them in shit,” Etale narrates.
After the event, Midiwo reportedly boarded his maroon PRADO -120 series, exchanged greetings with Etale and left.
As he reminisced the good relationship he had with the fallen politician, Etale says the encounter in Gem was symbolic of “how unfair the society can be to anyone simply because you are no longer in a position of influence.”
“My big brother Jakoyo Midiwo Washington, your death hit me hard. So hard. But now, I have accepted and release you. Fare-Thee-Well Otada, till we meet again,” Etale concluded.